Class of 2022

Westsyde Secondary School
 Grad 2022 Newsletter #2 – May
 

Message from the Principal:

Graduates of 2022: as we enter the final quarter of school and your final few months here at Westsyde Secondary, now is the time to really focus on your education. There will be other distractions and you will be tempted to put less emphasis on your education. Please don't! It will make a difference for scholarships, post-secondary programs, and your own sense of pride for a job well done. I look forward to seeing you cross the stage in June and embark on your career after high school. Good luck and keep working hard.

 

Important Dates

 

May 5th

Valedictorian nominee speeches

May 9th

Valedictorian and Grad Song announced

May 24th

All Outstanding School/Textbook/Library Fees Due

May 26th

District Honours Reception at TRU

(Top 5% of each Grad class at each district high school)

May 30th

Grad Gown Pick up from Main Office

Please Note: Grad Gowns are keepsake gowns and do not need to be returned after the Commencement Ceremony

June 6th

Aboriginal Grad at McArthur Island

June 9th

Staff Grad Social

Grad Commencement 2022

 

Grad Commencement 2022 Dates & Location

Thursday, June 9th 7:00 pm at McArthur Island Sport Centre

 

Commencement Rehearsal:

Students must travel by school bus, departing from WSS at 11:30am & returning at 1:30pm.

After this, students will be allowed to miss classes to prepare for the evening.

Attendance at rehearsal is mandatory.

 

Staff Grad Social:

5:00 pm at McArthur Island Sport Centre. Students are to proceed downstairs at 6:15 pm, following the Staff Grad Social.

 

Commencement Ceremony:

Ceremony starts at 7:00 pm in the McArthur Island Sport Centre. This is the cap & gown ceremony where students receive their diplomas (approximately 2 hours).

 

The Grand March/Prom and Safe Grad events are being organized by the Parent Safe Grad Committee. Please contact by Email: wssgradfundraiser2022@gmail.com or

Text: Christine Wheeler @ 250-318-5333

 

Grad Fees

The school grad fee is $100.00 and covers:

  • All commencement costs including your graduation certificate, composite photo and ceremony photo
  • Additional commencement costs including decorations, flowers, staging costs, tickets, programs and Staff Grad Social
  • Grad fees are due into the office by Tuesday, May 24th

Commencement Tickets

 Each grad will receive 2 commemorative tickets for keepsake purposes. Tickets will be distributed to grads with their cap and gown. Tickets will not be required to attend the event.

 

Graduation Requirements

In order to be eligible to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, a student must complete graduation requirements by the end of their grade 12 year.  At the end of Term 3, there will be an adjudication of any students in grade 12 with failing grades.  Administration, in consultation with counsellors and teachers, will conduct this process.  Failing students will be warned formally as part of this process.  Students will have until the last week of April to improve any failing marks.  Students who are still failing at the end of April will not be permitted to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.  All decisions regarding a student being removed from the list will include parent consultation.

Requirements to participate in the Commencement Ceremony

  • The Graduate must be completing all graduation requirements.
  • All outstanding fees must be paid, including Ceremony fee.
  • All Library fees must be paid and library books must be returned.

 

Baby Photos

 

We are putting together a slideshow to use during our Commencement Ceremony, which includes baby photos of our Grads.  Please submit your photo (infant to pre-school age) to the main office ASAP (deadline has passed). 

 

Email a digital or scanned photo (minimum size 55px by 500 px, JPEG or PNG file type with the file name: lastname_firstname.jpg) to tparenteau@sd73.bc.ca. If you are unable to scan the image, we can do it for you.  Please bring the photo to the main office where we will scan it for you while you wait.

 



WSS GRAD CLASS OF 2022 - Update April 12th 

 

VALEDICTORIAN  NOMINATION PROCESS

 

The responsibility of the Valedictorian(s) is to give an address to their peers at the Commencement Ceremony. The Valedictorian(s) should be:

  • Excellent academic students (Academic honors in first 3 terms of Gr. 12 & No "N" in effort in Gr. 12 year.)
    • Well-spoken and well-written
    • Confident and articulate
      • Respected by their peers for their kindness, friendship, and positive leadership

 

Nominees must fill out a form that can be picked up here or at the office. You must have a teacher sign the nomination form and also several peers. Forms must be fully completed, then turned in to Mrs. McVittie in the office by Friday, April 29, 2022.

 

Speeches from the nominees will happen on Thursday, May 5th during Literacy Block. Voting will take place that day through Google Form. The Valedictorian(s) will be announced on Monday, May 9th.

 

 

COMMENCEMENT  SONG

 

The Commencement Song will be played as graduates leave the ceremony. This is a formal, public event with parents, grandparents and younger siblings and relatives. The song chosen for exiting must be appropriate to this situation. Bring suggestions to Mrs. McVittie. The list of nominated songs will be posted on Tuesday, April 26th. On Friday, April 29th, a Google Form Survey will be given to grade 12's to choose the song. The song will be announced on Monday, May 9th with the announcement of the Valedictorian(s).

 

 

 

For information about the Grad Dance, Banquet, hoodies, and Grand March, please contact wssgradfundrajser2022@gmajLcom or text Christine Wheeler at

250-318-5333.

 

 

ALL GRAD FEES AND SCHOOL FEES MUST BE PAID PRIOR TO RECEIVING CAP AND GOWN FOR COMMENCEMENT.

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FEES COVER CAP AND GOWN/SCHOOL-SPONSORED EVENTS. GRAD BANQUET, DANCE, AND SAFE GRAD EVENTS ARE ORGANIZED BY PARENTS AND MUST BE PAID FOR TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE

 

VALEDICTORIAN NOMINATION FORM 

 


Westsyde Secondary School - Grad 2022 Newsletter - January

January 12-25          Grad Photo Signup

January 14                Grad Heights Deadline for Grad Gowns (submit to the office)

January 26 – 29       Grad Photos

May 6                         Fees Deadline (all outstanding fees)

TBD                            Commencement Date 

Commencement Information

 At this time, we are awaiting direction from Public Health officials regarding how Graduation Ceremonies may proceed this year.  We understand that it is frustrating to have a lack of concrete information to be able to share with you regarding your Graduation.  Although we are currently experiencing planning limitations with the health orders/measures that are in place across B.C., please know that your Graduation is important to us, too.  We look forward to celebrating your amazing educational journey with you as a student of the Westsyde Secondary Grad Class of 2022.  We will share commencement ceremony details with you as quickly as they are available to us.

 

Graduation Requirements

In order to be eligible to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, a student must complete graduation requirements by the end of their grade 12 year.  At the end of Term 3, there will be an adjudication of any students in grade 12 with failing grades.  Administration, in consultation with counsellors and teachers, will conduct this process.  Failing students will be warned formally as part of this process.  Students will have until the last week of April to improve any failing marks.  Students who are still failing at the end of April will not be permitted to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.  All decisions regarding a student being removed from the list will include parent consultation.

Grad Fees

Based on changing circumstances, our school grad fees for 2022 are undetermined at this time.  Typically, grad fees cover the following items:

 

  • Commencement costs including your keeper graduation gown, memento grad cap and tassel, graduation certificate, composite photo, and commencement ceremony photo.
  • All other commencement costs including decorations, flowers, tickets, programs, photographer, videographer, and video.
  • Special gift for our grads.
  • Grad fees are due into the office by May 6, 2022.  Once determined, Grad fees must be paid in full to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

Keeper Grad Gowns

  Keeper Cap and Gown Care

  • Iron & hang gown prior to photos
  • Please keep items safely stored for June Ceremony
  • There will be no extra caps, gowns or stoles.

 Students will also receive their grad cap and V-stoles.  WSS will hang on to the tassels until the commencement ceremony.  The photographer will have access to tassels for use in the Grad Photos.

Grad Photo Information

Grad photos will be taken on Wednesday, January 26th to Saturday, January 29th in Room 22 at the following times:

 Evening Sessions: Wed, January 26th 3:30 – 9:00

                              Thurs, Jan 27th 3:30 – 9:00

                              Fri, Jan 28th 3:30 – 9:00

 Day Sessions: Saturday, January 29th 8:30 – 4:00

 

Graduates will be able to sign up for Grad Photo appointments online. We will be using the same program (PTCFast) that we have used in the past for Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews.   Grads can sign up directly using the following link: https://ptcfast.com/schools/WSS_GRAD.  This link will also be available on our school website. Please ensure that only one appointment time is booked per graduate.

 

Grad photos are available for purchase.  They are also used for class composite purposes so all Grads should have their photo taken, even if you do not plan on purchasing a photo package.  The sitting fee is $35 and is to be paid directly to photographer on the day of your pictures. 

 

Important message from Right Photography:

 

  • The sitting fee is $35.  Grads will receive 8x10 diploma folder, 8x10 mini composite, and a 5x7 photo from the convocation ceremony.
  • Grads will need to come in 10 minutes prior to their appointment, they will be putting on and taking off their own gowns and sashes to minimize all contact when having their photos done.
  • Please wear dress clothes under your gown (i.e. blouse, shirt and tie). No t-shirts please.
  • NO pets – sorry, with COVID-19 precautions it’s very difficult.
  • Small props that can be held – we need to stay touchless with everything
  • We are taking 8 poses this year

 

Website link: www.rightphotography.com

Scholarship Information

If you do not already have a copy of the Scholarship Guidelines and Information, you can contact Mrs. Lapeyre in the counselling office. In addition, be sure to check out the School District #73 Booklet page found at:

https://www.sd73.bc.ca/en/community-parents-and-students/scholarships--bursaries.aspx?_mid_=16171

Baby Photos

We will be putting together a slideshow to use during our Commencement Ceremony, which includes baby photos of our Grads.  Please submit your photo (infant to pre-school age) to the main office by March 18th.  This can be done by emailing a digital or scanned photo (minimum size 55px by 500 px, JPEG or PNG file type with the file name: lastname_firstname.jpg) to tparenteau@sd73.bc.ca.  If you are unable to scan the image, we can do it for you.  Please bring the photo to the main office where we will scan it for you while you wait.

 

Safe Grad/Grand March & Prom

The Safe Grad/Grand March & Prom events are organized by the Parent Safe Grad Committee and are not school events. 

Email any questions regarding Safe Grad/Grand March or Prom to: wssgradfundraiser2022@gmail.com or text Christine Wheeler at 250-318-5333

 

PDF Version of Newsletter:

Grad Newsletter #1 - Jan 2022

 

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